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Why banana pudding became a Southern specialty—and where you can get some of the best

It’s no secret that Southerners love banana pudding, but bananas hail from the tropics, and the first mention of the layered dessert came not from the South but from the New York Times in 1878, according to food historian Robert Moss for Serious Eats.

Mississippi writer Mary Miller muses on her many returns to Ship Island

I first visited Ship Island as a child with my family, taking the hour-long ferry out of Gulfport. It is the only barrier island off the coast of Mississippi with ferry access, the only one you can get to if you don’t have your own boat.

Why the sprawling city of Jacksonville, Florida, is a great spot for a weekend getaway

Although it’s the largest city by area in the continental United States (840 square miles), Jacksonville manages to feel small. Venture beyond the urban core, and you’ll discover a patchwork of historic neighborhoods.

Bellamy Young on her acting career, the solace of singing, and seeing Asheville through new eyes

Although she now calls New York City home, actress Bellamy Young says she’ll always be a Southern girl at heart.

Ask the Expert: An award-winning potter shares his passion for Mississippi’s ceramics scene

Award-winning potter Matt Long is a professor of art at the University of Mississippi and presents ceramics workshops internationally. His functional pieces have appeared in publications such as Ceramics Monthly.

On the Path of Presidents

If there’s one trait that seems to run through the life stories of the men who have occupied the nation’s highest elected office, it’s motion.

Hotel Spotlight: The Joseph in Nashville

Travel is multisensory by definition, and after months at home living in a two-dimensional world of screens, a visit to the Joseph in downtown Nashville is a welcome jolt.

Discover treasures—cultural, culinary, and historic—along Bay Street in Beaufort, South Carolina

Bejeweled at both ends by historic riverfront mansions and ancient live oaks, with a dynamic commercial district in between, Bay Street in downtown Beaufort seems a microcosm of the city: a place where Old South and New South peacefully coexist.

The Dwell Hotel
Marked by top-notch service and designed to the hilt, these hotels aren’t just a place to stay; they’re stylish destinations in their own right. Our top five picks—all opened within the last year—are within 330 miles of Atlanta for a chic weekend escape. Read the full list.


Georgia’s landscape has everything from the rugged Appalachians to granite monadnocks and shady creekside trails. We whittled it down to 12 great hikes, fit for an experienced backpacker, day-tripper, or even an urban crusader (two are ITP!). Discover scenic spots and find out which trail is Georgia’s toughest. Get out there and hike

Why banana pudding became a Southern specialty—and where you can get some of the best

It’s no secret that Southerners love banana pudding, but bananas hail from the tropics, and the first mention of the layered dessert came not from the South but from the New York Times in 1878, according to food historian Robert Moss for Serious Eats.